One of the best escape stories of World War-II, period. I couldn't suspend my disbelief at the resilience shown by Jan Baalsrud in each and every adversity. If this book was a work of fiction, no reader would have accepted that a guy could go through such torments and survive. But as they say, truth is often stranger than fiction.
And as it happens, this is an amazing true story of survival in which the guy not merely beats but scoffs-off all the worse hardships imaginable in the Arctic tundra of Norway.
But the real heroes in this event were the people of Norway who helped Jan to survive while on the run. These people took enormous risks as they were sure to be executed by the Germans alongwith their families if they ever found out about their role in Jan's escape.
Jan survived a shooting, an avalanche, blizzards, gangrene, isolation, starvation, anything one can think of, really! If a cat has nine lives, Jan Baalsrud had ninety.